Press and Awards

North Side Community 2016 Impact Data

  • Helped 1,000+ individuals avoid or refinance out of predatory debt.
  • Hosted second chance checking accounts for 100 individuals who had Chexsystems records, helping them affordably access a debit product.
  • Provided credit counseling, financial literacy training and housing counseling for over 300
  • Referred out over $6 million in mortgages loans to first time homebuyers program to our financial institution partners.
  • Launched the Gender Affirming Products Loan Package – the first industry loan product to ever be marketed to the LGBTQ community.

Press 2016

Windy City Times:  Credit Union Launches First of Kind Product

Wall Street Journal: This Wall Street Journal Article Links to an opinion piece written by North Side CEO Sarah Marshall

Consumer Finance.gov:  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announcement of appointment of North Side CEO to Credit Union Advisory Council.

Credit Union Times: Success strategies of small credit unions

CUNA News: Small Credit Unions Remain Relevant

Credit Union Times: Credit Union Launches Gender Affirming Loan Product

Historical Press

National Federation Funds North Side CDCU to Expand Financial Services to Older Adults.
The Federation’s grant will provide North Side with the opportunity to focus on marketing and community outreach efforts, on building new relationships, promoting new product offerings, and developing financial programs for low-income older and potential new members.
Published July 2011

Credit From the Corner Store
Activists say payday lenders exploit the poor, but better borrowing options are hard to find. North Side is cited as an exemplary alternative to payday loans.
Published in Chicago Reader, June 30, 2011

Unbanked but No Longer Ignored: Regulators, Firms Take Aim At Payday-Lending Market
North Side is cited as an exemplary credit union offering short-term loans as an alternative to payday lenders.
Published in The Washington Post, October, 2009

 

Awards

Good Neighbor Award for Community Advocacy by the Uptown Chicago Commission, May 2009

Chicago Neighborhood Development Award for Non-Profit Community Building, 2004

Community Partnership Award, presented by the Vietnamese Association of Illinois, November 16th, 2002

The Mongsignor John Egan Campaign for Payday Loan Reform Vision Award, 2001

Certificate of Community Service, presented by the Chicago Council on Urban Affairs, November 12th, 1996

Eureka Mentor Award, presented by The Eureka Foundation, March 1993

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Medal of Honor, presented by the Woodstock Institute, May 15, 1991

Neighborhood Award, presented by Trust, Inc. Community Development Lending Program, 1988

Outstanding Volunteer Service, presented by Uptown Center Hull House, 1981

Recognition of Distinguished Service, presented by Hull House Association, November 17, 1980